Belgrade was a city neither of us had ever been to before, and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. We were curious to see what the city would look like, and what our impression of the people would be. We were wondering if the remnants from the war that were so present in Sarajevo would be similar in Belgrade.
And although there were exceptions, most people here dressed so fashionable that we almost felt a bit out of place. There were more shoe shops than I could count and I wasn’t the only one drooling over the impossibly high heels in the shop windows.
People in Belgrade seemed to follow the small rules that other Eastern European countries ignore, like smoking in designated areas, or waiting for the red light to turn green before crossing a pedestrian crossing.
The latter was unlike anything I had ever seen – everyone, and I mean everyone, waited patiently for the red light to turn green before even thinking of crossing.
It didn’t matter if the road was empty, it didn’t matter if the countdown (yes, there is a number counting down the seconds to when the light changes) has two seconds left before switching to green – they would ALL wait.
Our visit to Belgrade was fun and relaxing, but I won’t lie, we did have a few encounters where people acted very strange to us, and in Kalemegdan park we had up to five guards following/stalking us – watch our Belgrade video tomorrow to see what happened!
We were also questioned by two upset old women who thought we were English and asked us why we bombed them. :S
I’m not at all trying to scare people away from coming here, but I don’t want to sugar coat things either. Belgrade was bombed by NATO in 1999 and obviously some people still hold anger and recentment to it.
It’s good to be aware of things like this and read up on the history of Belgrade so that you know how to deal with it in case it occurs.
Most of the people we met were friendly and talkative, the same straight forward manner as in Sarajevo which after a while we found quite refreshing, I’d rather have someone being straightforward and honest than fake.
When you visit Belgrade, don’t miss the chance to order a coffee at a cafe in the Bohemian quarter Skadarlija.
It’s the quaintest place in Belgrade to stop for a coffee break, and you will be served a huge plate of assorted Serbian sweets to go with your coffee – for free!
We don’t know if this is the case at every cafe in Belgrade, but if you go to “Three Hats” this is guaranteed 😉
Have you been to Belgrade? What were your impressions of the city?